Backpack
Tue 02.04
DKNY x Opening Ceremony

DKNY x Opening Ceremony: Time Capsule Collection

I wore DKNY everywhere during my ‘90s college years. While friends donned Gap sweats, I rollerbladed around Santa Monica in a full DKNY bodysuit – racing stripes included (the colors matched my blades!). They laughed at my sense of commitment, but as it turns out, I was ahead of my time. For Spring 2014, DKNY has reissued iconic ‘90s RTW and accessories with Opening Ceremony.

Fri 01.31
Frugal Friday

Frugal Friday: Topshop Suede-Backed Mini-Backpack

From Stella to Proenza to The Row, it is all about the backpack as a fashion item. But you don’t need to go to the top of the line to get a topnotch style. Actually, you just need to go to Topshop.

Fri 01.24
Stella McCartney Khaki Camo-Print Chain-Trim Rucksack

Stella McCartney Camo-Print Chain-Trim Rucksack: Made to Fade

Camouflage bags are a tricky business. The inherent irony about them is camo print was invented to blend in, but it doesn’t outside of the forest. And no, the urban jungle does not count. Actually, it’s a pattern that’s tough to wear if you’re not basically monochrome and free of other prints.

Tue 01.21
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Top 5 Rays of Light: Who Are You Calling Mellow?

If this season’s “radiant orchid” mauve pinks and warm lavenders are not your thing, you still owe it to yourself to get out of the mid-winter doldrums. Achieve instant perkiness, inside and out, with a sunny yellow bag.

Wed 01.08
ProenzaSchouler_PS_Backpack

Proenza Schouler PS Backpack: PS I Love You

Ladies, we have a winner. This is the most sophisticated backpack I’ve seen yet. Just a few weeks ago, I was captivated by The Row’s pairing of canvas and ostrich skin, but their luxurious creation just got trumped. By a simple concoction of all-black leather, no less.

Fri 12.27
Top Ski Bunny Bags

Top Ski Bunny Bags: Hit the Slopes in Style

Or only hit the slopes in spirit! Sometimes a vacation calls for a snowy mountain getaway over a tropical beach holiday. I’m not one to necessarily take on a Black Diamond, but I am happy to cozy up in the lodge with a mug of hot chocolate…and a winter-ready bag that looks just as good in motion as it does at my side by the fireplace.

Mon 12.16
Top 5 Latest Man Bags

Top 5 Latest Man Bags: Behind Every Good Man…

It’s time for another roundup of my favorite man bags, the ones that have recently inspired me. Not only to do some shopping for the men in my life, but to get in touch with my tomboy side. Minimal and functional, sensible and stylish: they’re all about simplicity.

Fri 12.13
TheRow_OstrichBackpack

The Row Ostrich Backpack: Baby Got Back

The backpack is back! When it comes to the most innately casual of bag styles, no one can dress it up like The Row. With their latest incarnation, they have read my mind. Color-who? I am all about texture-blocking, especially when a stark, striking contrast is involved.

Mon 12.09
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The Best Winter Plaids: It’s a Mad Plaid World

Plaid: the pattern beloved by lumberjacks and street-style bloggers alike. And finally, it’s shedding the stigma of early-‘90s Nirvana and Pearl Jam groupies. Plaid is here to stay, in a big way.